Love audio when I'm on the go, but I will always love holding a book in my hand a having to turn the pages to read. I hope print never stops
I did love the book and the second one "Linger" but I hope that they don't make the same mistake as in the first one. I thought the girl they picked to read for them sounded like she was 12 years old, and the man sounded like he was in his early 20's. I know the girls is supposed to be a teenager but she's also supposed to be very mature for her age and I feel like the voice they chose for her didn't justify it enough. I did enjoy the male voice they chose but I thought that they could have at least matched them in a way. Other than that the book was FANTASTIC!! And I think any other girl her age probably would have reacted the same way and did everything she did. I suggest reading "Linger" if you like this one.
At first glance, I thought this was going to be yet another YA insta-love romance. I was incredibly wrong… Never once have I loved a werewolf story this much! The combination of this great story with some amazing narrators made this experience unforgettable. And when I say amazing narrators, I mean it. Jenna Lamia and David LeDoux are so freakin’ talented! Not once do I think I have been so wrapped up in an audiobook.
I definitely was a little turned off at first by what seemed to be “insta-love” but upon further examination, I realized that it was more of a mutual curiosity/fascination between the two. That curiosity developed into a deep love: one that I found both believable and interesting. Not only did Sam and Grace have a very cute relationship, it was also extremely sexy at times. Maggie did a wonderful job making Sam a super sweet, sexy, and loyal male lead. It was easy to fall for him right along with Grace. Their struggle to be together really amped up the tension in this book, and at times I just felt so sorry for their situation… It was a combination of this struggle and Maggie’s writing that made this book so stunning.
Maggie’s graceful writing made it easy to savor every moment… For example:
"As the hours crept by, the afternoon sunlight bleached all the books on the shelves to pale, gilded versions of themselves and warmed the paper and ink inside the covers so that the smell of unread words hung in the air." – Maggie Stiefvater
There were bits like that in every chapter. Maggie’s writing is very emotionally-charged, but not once did I ever tire of it.
Overall, this was a great book! If you are a fan of werewolves and YA romance then reading this is a must! I highly recommend this audiobook. Nothing beats listening to Maggie’s poetic writing. I cannot wait to listen to Linger and continue this great love story!!
Better male narrator.
The male narrator's voice is horrible. His voice changes randomly like he's yawning and speaking at the same time. Its annoying and makes you want to stop listening as it is pretty torturous. Listening to Sam's chapters were a struggle.
This book is wonderful. I thought it might be too much like "Twilight", and I'd get tired of werewolves, but it was totally different. Highly recommended.
Narration: Great! The male and female narrators were great, and it was obvious when one was reading the other gender's part.
I've really loved Stiefvater's other works. She allows the plot to unfold gently and organically and populates her worlds with a wide assortment of colorful characters. With Shiver (and later book Sinner), I found the characters to be flat, uninteresting, and far too self absorbed. Ultimately, with Shiver I found there to be no room left for me in the narcissistic needy bubble of a world created by the narrowly focused characters. This is one series where Stiefvater's usually seamless prose turns the story leaden and the characters completely unrealistic.
Story: When Grace was a child, she was attacked by wolves. Every Winter since then, a strange wolf with golden eyes appears in her back yard and haunts her dreams. When she meets a boy with the same golden eyes at a bookstore one Spring, she becomes obsessed. That boy, Sam, involuntarily changes into a wolf with the cold - and has been obsessed with Grace since he saved her from death that fateful day so long ago. Together, the two will navigate their obsession with each other as well as the tricky politics at Grace's high school and the wolf pack. Neither is happy with the lovers and it will result in deadly consequences.
Shiver should have been a slow burn of a novel. But Stiefvater's usual conflicted and nuanced characters in this series become atypically unlikeable. I found I wasn't rooting for or even liking Grace or Sam. That's problematic in a book that is essentially a romance with a few subplots meant only to add some angst into the relationship (but failing to add a spark at the same time). And as much as I loved Stiefvater's Scorpio Races and Raven Boys, there just wasn't enough meat to the plot to make me want to continue reading. I was bored half way through and found myself skimming the last half just to get it over with. I later received an advance reader copy of Sinner (#5 in the series?) and actually liked that book even less - the characters were completely self obsessed. Clearly, this wasn't the series for me.
I listened to the Audible version and the narrator did a decent job.
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Shiver is a young adult novel about two teenagers - Sam and Grace - who fall in love. The problem is, one (or both?) happens to be a werewolf.
Perhaps the most refreshing part of this novel is that it departs from the typical YA first person point of view. Instead, it switches back and forth between the points of view of both protagonists. This allows for deeper character development that is sometimes lost in first person point of view narrative, where you only connect intimately with one character. I am a fan.
The narration is also well done. Jenna Lamia portrays a teenage girl brilliantly, as usual. David LeDoux sounds a bit too mature to be teenage Sam, but he has a voice charged with raw emotion so all is forgiven.
At the end of the listen, you "get to know" Maggie Stiefvater through a few scripted vignettes read by the author herself. She talks about her writing process and the sequel to Shiver. If you are interested in writing you will enjoy this; however, since it is scripted it feels a bit unnatural and rehearsed.
Overall, this is a good listening experience. If you enjoy YA fiction, you will enjoy this novel. If you aspire to write YA fiction, you should listen to this novel for its departure from first person point of view.
SPECIAL NOTE: Get ready for a lot of kissing / nuzzling scenes. It starts to get tedious. Ironically, one thing Maggie Stiefvater reveals at the end of the listen is that she has always hated writing kissing scenes. I guess she got over it!
I enjoyed Shiver, but I didn't fall in love with it the way I did with The Scorpio Races. I think it was a bit too young for my taste. And, I'll admit, I was a little distracted by the narrators. They did a fantastic job, but I'd recently listened to other books where their characters were decidedly not innocent, young Grace and Sam (though there's probably not a lot of crossover reading between novels like Freedom and Shiver). I was hoping for more of the sweeping, magical story line of Stiefvater's other work, where this is simply a nice YA fantasy.
I very much liked the author's take on werewolves and the sort of reverse angles the story plays out from. There were plenty of interesting aspects to both main character's lives. It's a sweet love story and a good listen, I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA romance.
The different characters
When Sam and grace meet
No, but I plan to
Cry... Really sweet book
I love this book it's a good change from vampires
Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.
I had decided to get this audiobook after reading and see so many other bloggers talk about it. And I have been looking for a new series to get into. Honestly, I don't think I have ever read a werewolf book before. (Except Twilight and that series) I am a vampire reader mostly.
This book did not live up to the hype for me. I have problems with the overall story mostly. As a non teen I'd keep saying to myself.."Really? If you were older you wouldn't think that?" to all of Grace's thoughts toward Sam. I understand young love. I have been there, done that, and had fun with it but this is not just some guy she met at the mall. This is a werewolf and she knows it. Really? I have a hard time getting my reality around that. (YES! I know it is a werewolf story and it's not real. Just play along please. :) ) I was not thrilled at how easy they fell for each other and the sleeping together either. I know I am showing my age.
Something about teenage girls giving up their friends, and their families for a guy seems so 1900's to me. Women don't do that anymore. Do we? When she finds out that her BFF is missing and might have been bitten she does nothing about it until she gets a phone call from her asking for help. This is your BFF Grace! You guys are suppose to be like sisters and when some guy comes along you kick her to the curb. Remember BALANCE!
It was not all bad. I loved the authors use of smell and making it important to the characters. She did a great job of not forgetting the characters traits and used them very well to develop them fully.
As the the narrators of this audiobook, the young lady reading Grace, Jenna Lamia she did an outstanding job. EXCELLENT! I loved her teenage voice and the pace at which she changed her reading for the different characters. The gentleman reading Sam, was non other that David LeDoux from Water For Elephants audiobook. And I have to say that yet again I have the same thoughts on his work. He reads the characters really well but his reading of a female voice needs work. The audiobook would have benefited greatly by having them read the right voice for the right character. (ie Sam read his chapter and when Grace speaks let Jenna read that line in her voice.)
This book made me laugh and cry. I love the end and listen to it with no breaks. BUY THIS BOOK. Its the new twilight